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    commanteer

    It isn't the culture that is barbaric or uncivilised, it's the death penalty. That's splitting hairs, especially since the original reference specifically said the "nation" looked like barbarians (plural). He/she was clearly referring to the people, not to the practice.

    Since not having the death penalty is a prerequisite to joining the EU, you'd have trouble applying criticism of the death penalty to Europe.

    For all the criticism I have heard of the Belgian atrocities in the Congo and the German atrocities during the last war, I don't recall ever hearing them called uncivilized or even barbaric. To the contrary, references to the Germans often express befuddlement at how such a civilized country could be so evil. But if it's Asians or other non-Europeans engaged in so much as killing a whale, the barbaric and uncivilized comments flow. My comment stands

    Funny that my position should attract so many downvotes here. I think it was perhaps the comparison between yer typical Japanese city and a gang-infested US city that got you most of those....

    You are probably right. I was going to compare it to Walmart during pre-Christmas sales, but it was hard to pin down a location. Please let me amend that and compare Shibuya to similar parts of London on a Saturday night. Or any Japanese festival you choose to Notting Hill Carnival (345 injuries, 4 stabbings, and 100 arrests). But of you agree that capital punishment does not make a nation less civilized than nations without it, we don't have to go there.

    Posted in: It is not appropriate to abolish capital punishment in the country as the majority of citizens think the death penalty is unavoidable for atrocious crimes.

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    commanteer

    That's the problem I have with the "barbarians and uncivilized" moniker. It is almost always applied to non-Europeans, usually by a white person with a comfortable upbringing. It is almost never applied to Europeans, no matter what atrocities they might commit.

    Argue against the death penalty if you wish. But any argument is undermined by the implied racism of calling a culture barbaric or uncivilized. Funny that my position should attract so many downvotes here.

    Posted in: It is not appropriate to abolish capital punishment in the country as the majority of citizens think the death penalty is unavoidable for atrocious crimes.

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    commanteer

    Everyone is jumping on the 'let's get friendly with Afria' train. However, it'll take some doing to usurp the Chinese

    Yes, the Chinese can and will outspend Japan by a factor of 10. However, the Chinese also do things to wear out their welcome with locals. They are sometimes seen as colluding with corrupt leaders, and Chinese workers are often brought in to displace local workers. And let's see how China responds when a new government decides to nationalize all of their operations, as happens from time to time.

    It won't be all smooth sailing for China. But unfortunately, Japan has never yet shown the diplomatic savvy needed to move in when things go sour for China.

    Posted in: Yokohama hoping to host African development conference in 2019

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    commanteer

    Death penalties make a nation look like barbarians and uncivilized.

    Really? I could easily say "xxxxxx make a nation look like barbarians." But that would simply reflect my lack of understanding and stridency. It's typical to say that cultural differences make someone look like a barbarian, but it's an intemperate opinion and no more. Look at the gang-infested south side of Chicago, where there is no death penalty, and tell me that any city in Japan is uncivilized by comparison.

    Posted in: It is not appropriate to abolish capital punishment in the country as the majority of citizens think the death penalty is unavoidable for atrocious crimes.

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    commanteer

    its going to be an interesting world when humans don't get the majority of their lives fulfilled with a job, or the requirement (or opportunity) to earn a living.

    People will still have jobs. We just don't know what those jobs are yet - many don't exist yet, but will. Agriculture once employed almost everyone, then large factories. All those people found other employment.

    So far as sushi, the robots are only a tool at this point. As Zombie said, selecting and cutting the fish will still require a trained eye for some years yet.

    Posted in: See how this robot makes sushi

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    commanteer

    I'd say complaints coming from a lot of concerned angles, given that a lot of African nations are land-locked and this was clearly just a show of bribery on the part of Abe.

    Huh? Most African nations are not land-locked, and there are considerable problems with piracy in some of them. Supporting a fight against piracy is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. If that's bribery, then almost all international cooperation involving China, the US, UK, etc. is bribery.

    Posted in: Japan, Africa vow to fight terrorism, stress rule-based order at sea

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    commanteer

    Abe might take a page from Turkey's playbook. Snuggle with Putin, and Biden will come over begging and offering treats.

    Posted in: Diplomats prepare for Abe-Putin meeting this week

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    commanteer

    I can't see where Uber ever had a chance in China. Their business model works where taxis charge high fees and where there aren't enough taxis to meet demand. This happens where taxis are heavily regulated and where taxi licenses are ridiculously expensive.

    Taxis is China are cheap and plentiful. Who is going to bother with an app when it's much easier just to stand by the street and and wave a taxi over?

    Posted in: What investors can learn from Uber's bumpy ride in China

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    commanteer

    Difficulties in obtaining prescriptions from Japanese doctors have apparently created demand for such diverted drugs among Chinese people, according to the police.

    Well then, there's the problem. Why on earth should the Japanese police care if Chinese people are getting drugs they need in Japan?

    Posted in: 4 arrested over illegal sale of medicines to Chinese tourists

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    commanteer

    These really crowded pools are a groper's buffet. When there are waves or an artificial current and the pool is crowded, people get tangled up, they don't really have any clothes to protect them and it's not always easy to tell if something was a grope or just an innocent collision of bodies. Honestly, I am surprised there aren't more weirdo cases like this. Hope they catch this loon before he seriously hurts or kills someone. Unlikely though, unless he repeats it often enough.

    Posted in: Tokyo water parks go on code red alert after pool attacks

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    commanteer

    Nice to see these 3 nations come together on anything. East Asia could be such a powerhouse if these countries squabbled less.

    Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea slam N Korean missile launch

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    commanteer

    People really are in denial here. I'm an American, and Asakaze is the only one making any sense here. Sad that the others are so easily manipulated.

    War is evil. Get it? Children suffer worse that anyone. And sawing off a child's head to a cheering crowd as the rebels did is infinitely worse than killing a child by bomb, if only in intent.

    Everybody has innocent blood on their hands, the rebels, Assad, the Russians and the USA. If people think the answer is more war, then there will be more child victims. It's horrible. It's beyond horrible. Which is why emotions need to be kept in check when thinking what we can do to help (if anything). If emotions take hold, it's just more dead children.

    There is blood on everybody's hands. Until one can admit that, they are just adding to the problem, not helping.

    Posted in: Video of small boy saved from Aleppo rubble sparks social media storm

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    commanteer

    Why would anyone thumbs-down this comment? Some real killjoys out there in JT land

    I think there are just sad and lonely people that go around and downvote everything said by someone, especially someone they disagreed with elsewhere. Just part of the experience here.

    Posted in: Golden return

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    commanteer

    “the boy was nothing but an obstacle (in their lives)”

    Sounds like a life that needed obstacles. What was it, he couldn't spend as much quality time at the pachinko parlor?

    Posted in: Parents arrested over 2015 murder of 3-year-old son

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    commanteer

    If you say so. I'd say the market has a 50/50 chance of crashing big even before the election, simply because the economic fundamentals are increasingly out of whack. This mess has been building for 40 years, so it would be ridiculous to blame it on Trump or any other single person. No doubt that's exactly what the media will do, though.

    When I talk about reality taking hold, reality can come in many forms. Regarding the presidential race, Trump represents one form of reality, a very angry and disenfranchised middle class. If Trump disappeared tomorrow, this class of angry people would still continue to grow, and possibly go for an even more extreme candidate in the future. Even this time around, we were pretty close to getting a Marxist candidate.

    Clinton promises that the good life can continue indefinitely. The problem with that is not just that it can't. The problem is that fewer and fewer people feel they have a share in the good life anymore. And to fix things, i will have to get worse before it gets better, so that's not going to happen. It will have to collapse through the stupid decisions of politicians who promised the world. I'd rather we go through that process sooner than later, when it will only be more painful.

    Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world?

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    commanteer

    investors would lose confidence in the American markets, tanking said markets, as well as the US dollar.

    When reality takes hold, that's going to happen no matter who is president. I think the only reason it hasn't happened yet is because as bad as American markets and financial mismanagement are, they are as bad or worse almost everywhere else these days. Still, this is a shoe that has to drop sooner or later. Blaming it on Trump would be like intentionally leaving a gas line open and blaming the first person who uses a lighter for the explosion.

    The jury is out on Brexit. Short term market drops for long term gain is my opinion. In another 5 years or so, the UK will be sitting pretty while Europe languishes.

    Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world?

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    commanteer

    He certainly is working hard. He knows he will retire soon, and wants to milk his creativity while he can (and top off the bank account, too). Great chance for people who missed him the first time around.

    Posted in: McCartney working on new album

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    commanteer

    I have to wonder why they chose to remake this awesome movie. Remakes are great for movie that have become dated, like A Star is Born, or movies that weren't made well the first time around. But a studio has to be crazy to take on a timeless and hugely successful film like Ben Hur.

    It will suffer by comparison, and who will watch it? It's a movie based around Christ's teachings. But Christians tend to be conservative, and this movie will almost certainly alienate them. And the Christian element will probably keep atheists away as well. So who is left to watch it? Opening week figures suggest very few.

    Posted in: Hollywood classic 'Ben-Hur' gets modern remake

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    commanteer

    Of the millions of people who will vote, I would imagine no more than a dozen will give a moment's thought to "the U.S. image around the world."

    What makes non-US citizens think their opinion (usually uninformed) matters in a US election? Do the Brits here appreciate it when Americans inject their pointed opinions on UK politics? Do they care? Of course not. Why would the other way around be any different?

    Posted in: What effect do you think the increasingly bitter U.S. presidential campaign is having on the U.S. image around the world?

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    commanteer

    This really one reason why self-driving cars will be so useful in the future. People throw all common sense out the window when they drive. They never consider that a person or child could be in front of their car in an instant, and never allow themselves time to stop if that happens.

    Posted in: Woman motorcyclist killed after being run over by several cars following fall

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